All posts by Eric Robert Nolan

Eric Robert Nolan graduated from Mary Washington College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He spent several years a news reporter and editorial writer for the Culpeper Star Exponent in Culpeper, Virginia. His work has also appeared on the front pages of numerous newspapers in Virginia, including The Free Lance – Star and The Daily Progress. Eric entered the field of philanthropy in 1996, as a grant writer for nonprofit healthcare organizations. Eric’s poetry has been featured by Dead Beats Literary Blog, Dagda Publishing, The International War Veterans’ Poetry Archive, and elsewhere. His poetry will also be published by Illumen Magazine in its Spring 2014 issue.

Publication Notice — Dead Snakes features “Amanda” and “Elizabeth Mitchell Haiku”

Dead Snakes has featured two new poems of mine. The first is entitled “Amanda,” and is about how love and friendship can foster optimism for the New Year.

The second is entitled “Elizabeth Mitchell Haiku.” As you will see, it is a sublimely masterful use of language that will surely guarantee me the actress’ hand in marriage. So I might soon need a little help ring shopping.



Do you have a questions about the story in “The Dogs Don’t Bark In Brooklyn Any More?”

I’ve received a few questions from readers since the book was published, and some of them are quite interesting. One of them was actually so brilliant that I am jealous that I didn’t think of it.

I thought it would be fun to feature a reader question and answer page at my blog, and my publisher agreed. So if you have a (non-spoilerish) question about the story, its characters, or the world in which they are portrayed, do let me know. You can e-mail me at, or simply reply to this thread.


We have a winner!!!

Haela Seeney was the winner of Dagda Publishing’s e-mail newsletter giveaway, and will receive a free copy of my book. 🙂

From Dagda Publishing: [“The winner of this months giveaway, for a copy of “The Dogs Don’t Bark In Brooklyn Any More” and a £10 Amazon Gift Voucher, is Haela Seeney. Haela – we’ll be in touch soon and we’ll send over your stuff. Congratulations!

“We’ll be running another giveaway at the end of February, so keep your eyes peeled on our newsletter for details of what we’ll be giving away. It’s our way of giving you, our loyal subscribers, something back for sticking with us.”]

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Laura Enright’s “To Touch the Sun” will be released tomorrow by Dagda Publishing!

This vampire novel sounds like it has a wonderfully creative premise and a layered story. (Seriously, read the synopsis — the feral vampires attacking wounded soldiers at nightfall sounds like a terrific horror story.) I am really looking forward to seeing what Laura has produced here.

From Dagda Publishing: [**OUT TOMORROW – TO TOUCH THE SUN**

The debut horror novel by Laura Enright is being released world-wide on Amazon tomorrow. If you click attending on our book launch (link below) then you’re in with a chance of winning a copy of this book for yourself – there will also be some other stuff going on throughout the day. Check it out at the link below.]


Book Bubbles.

Writer friends — if you’d like to promote your book, check out Bublish and its “Book Bubbles.”

The layout is good looking and professional. This is probably the best book promotion site like this that I’ve found.

Okay. I’m confused … Ragnarok is TODAY?! Not yesterday?!

I would make a crappy Viking — even though I DESPERATELY wanted to become one when I was a boy. I was also named after “Eric The Red” cigars. (Thanks for letting Dad run with that, by the way, Mom.)

Anyway, party hard, my Norse friends, and just SLAY that damned Fenrisulfr once and for all.


My review of “The Collector” (2009)

I honestly don’t know what I would rate “The Collector” (2009).  I know it’s an effective horror movie, because it’s frightening and disturbing.  It was good and scary — especially when imperiled children come into play.  But there are some levels of gore and violence against innocents that are too much even for a horror fan like me.


I kept turning it off.  It was just too much.  And if you know my taste in movies, that’s saying a lot.


A glance at the message boards shows that this movie is widely reviled.  I don’t think that this film is quite as bad as many make it out to be.


There are hints of real creativity here — there is a ton of character development, mood setting, and story.  You can tell that the screenwriters tried hard to present us with something different, and create something more than a standard slasher flick.


Some of this pays off.  We’ve got a pretty interesting anti-hero as a leading man — a burglar who wants to steal from a wealthy family, but who is yet noble enough to defend their lives from a brutal serial killer.  This role is excellently portrayed by Josh Stewart.  I like this guy.  He’s good actor.  I liked him as Bane’s creepy second-in-command in “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012).  He made a great bad guy in that movie, and he deserves to play the lead bad guy in a decent thriller.


There is a really nice little trick employed by the filmmakers too — contrasting the horrible violence with a dreamy, soft alt-rock soundtrack. Any movie that features Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” can’t be all bad.


This movie suffers, however, from the flaws that so many people point out. It’s confusing.  The sets are dark; the action is muddled at times.  Certain things happen for apparently no reason.  (One character fires a shotgun at another at very close range and misses.) 


The title antagonist’s motives are only hinted at.  “HE COLLECTS PEOPLE!” one victim screams.  And his modus operandi seems confusing.  How does he have time to set up all these booby traps in the homes he invades?  Why bother, if his victims there are already captured?  Why not just snatch people and leave?   Was he expecting Josh Stewart’s character to intervene?


At any rate, if you do watch this film, you’d better have a strong stomach.


Would anyone care to lend a hand to a lovely person and an amazing teacher?

Wading River resident Jean Dalecki (who is fondly remembered as Mrs. Dalecki by her grade school students) recently lost her home and vehicles in a devastating fire. Her many friends in the community are rallying to help her in this time of crisis.

I can tell you personally that Mrs Dalecki is a fantastic teacher and a wonderful presence in a child’s life. If anyone deserves the support of her friends and neighbors, it’s her.

I am linking below to both an article about the fire and the online fundraiser.